In partnership with


Supply Chain Canada, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northern Territories have joined forces with progressive partners such as Kinetic GPO and Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) to offer members an opportunity to further develop supply chain leaders through peer-to-peer mentoring specific to the manufacturing and public sectors.  Public sectors face challenges and scrutiny unique to their industry, ensuring government operations are resilient, while delivering value efficiently and effectively.

How to apply

Exclusively for Members of Supply Chain Canada

  1. Complete the Member Profile form which will be circulated to current council members & facilitator for approval
  2. Review Code of Conduct
  3. Complete payment information and agree to the Code of Conduct

Council Fees

Per Participant   Yearly Fee  Time Commitment 
Annual Council Participation $1,800
Minimum 4 hours per month – 10 times a year
  1. Applicable provincial taxes will be applied at time of payment.
  2. Payment is required in advance of participation.
  3. Charges apply whether or not the member attends each meeting.
  4. If cancellation notice is given prior to the third meeting, a refund less meetings attended, will be provided.
  5. If cancellation notice is given after the third meeting, three (3) month written notice to Supply Chain Canada is required to withdraw or to transfer to another employee within your organization. Transfers are subject to the approval of the Council. No refund will be given. 

Code of Conduct

As a member of  a Supply Chain Leaders’ Council, you will be privy to confidential and/or proprietary information from other Council members regarding their organization. Non-disclosure and protection of such information is crucial to the well-being and success of the Leaders’ Council.

Participating organizations and the individuals involved with Supply Chain Canada and Kinetic GPO are expected to abide by the following Code of Conduct. Adherence to these principles will contribute to more efficient, effective, and ethical meetings.

Individuals agree for themselves and their company to abide by the following principles when dealing with Peer Council members and their organizations.

Principle of Legality

  • If there is any potential question on the legality of an activity or discussion, do not do it.
  • Avoid discussions or actions that could lead to or imply an interest in restraint of trade, market and/or customer allocation schemes, price fixing, dealing arrangements, bid rigging, or bribery.
  • Refrain from the acquisition of trade secrets from any means that could be interpreted as improper, including the breach or inducement of a breach of any duty to maintain secrecy.
  • Do not disclose or use any trade secret that may have been obtained through improper means or that was disclosed by another in violation of a duty to maintain its secrecy or limit its use.
  • Do not, as a consultant or client, convey information to another company without first obtaining the permission of the parties to the original information.

Principle of Exchange

  • Be willing to provide the same type and level of information that you would expect from other Leaders’ Council members.
  • Be honest, open, and complete.

Principle of Confidentiality

  • Treat the information as confidential to the individuals and organizations involved. Information must not be communicated outside the Leader’s Council meetings without the prior consent of the member who shared the information.

Principle of Use

  • Use information obtained through the Leaders’ Council meetings are only for purposes of formulating improvement of operations or processes within your own organization.
  • Do not use information resulting from a Leaders’ Council discussion as a means to market or sell.
  • Contact lists or other contact information provided through the Leaders’ Council meetings, in any form, may not be used for marketing in any way.

Principle of Third-Party Contact

  • Obtain an individual member’s permission before providing their name in response to a request.
  • Avoid communicating a member’s name and organization in an open forum without that member’s prior permission.

Principle of Preparation

  • Obtain an individual member’s permission before providing their name in response to a request.
  • Demonstrate commitment to the efficiency and effectiveness of the Leaders’ Council by being prepared for and attending each meeting.
  • Avoid communicating a member’s name and organization in an open forum without that member’s prior permission.
  • Help Leaders’ Council members to prepare by providing them with all necessary information, agenda, and minutes prior to each meeting.

Principle of Completion

  • Follow through with each commitment made to the Peer Council in a timely manner.
  • Complete each section to the satisfaction of all members as mutually agreed.

Principle of the Understanding and Action

  • Treat Leaders’ Council members in the way that you would want to be treated.
  • Understand how a Leaders’ Council member would like to have the information they provided handled and used. Handle and use it in that manner.

Based on the Code of Conduct, developed by the International Benchmarking Clearinghouse.

Participation Agreement

This participation agreement is intended to provide a forum for problem solving and the continuous improvement in a group setting that is safe, stable, and productive so that each member can receive the most out of his/her experience.


  • Participant must be employed in the public sector, and must be a member in good standing with Supply Chain Canada

Commitment: Monthly Meetings

  • ½ day sessions
  • Same day of month, every month
  • Maximum of 10 meetings per year
  • Hosting responsibilities to rotate equally among the participants or via Zoom
  • Continental breakfast & coffee provided by the host firm
  • Minimum 80% attendance rate required
  • No alternates permitted
  • Visitors permitted only with the permission of the group and may sit-in during the General Forum portion of the meeting
  • Sessions are closed to all visitors or resource speakers unless invited.
  • No minutes of discussions are taken


James Cleland - Senior Partner, Envision Group

James is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of experience in manufacturing, oil & gas and government.  He has successfully led small businesses and has run divisions for global multi-national companies such as GE.  He excels at building high performance teams and leading businesses through times of transition.  

Based in Calgary, James works with the Envision team to help their clients with strategy, leadership development and capital sourcing.  He was most recently the President of Firemaster Oilfield Services, a leading industrial safety services business operating in Western Canada.  He continues to be involved with Firemaster as a member on their board of directors.   

Starting his career in metal fabrication he oversaw company growth of 40X while he was Vice President and General Manager of All New Manufacturing in Calgary.  As part of the Industry Development team in Alberta Economic Development, he designed and implemented growth strategies that helped the metal fabrication industry expand in the mid-2000’s.  While he was Executive Director of the Alberta Economic Development Authority, he worked with the board’s appointed CEO’s and business leaders to advise on strategy and economic issues to the Premier and Cabinet of Alberta.   

James gained exposure to international markets at General Electric where he was Global General Manager of their Heavy Oil Division, a high growth business unit for GE.  James has an executive MBA from the University of Calgary and served six years on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, Alberta Division.    



Camay Fortier
Program Coordinator, Leaders’ Councils
Supply Chain Canada



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Kinetic GPO's partnership with Supply Chain Canada - Alberta Institute, consistently provides a strong ROI. The SCC team has done an excellent job of understanding our needs, which has resulted in a number of doors being opened. We have a symbiotic partnership that continues to grow and evolve. They are truly a top-notch organization with a team that is great to work with.


Kinetic GPO is the National Cooperative Purchasing Solution for the Canadian Public Sector.  Kinetic GPO was established for the Broader Public Sector and MASH entities across Canada, with the specific purpose of reducing procurement cost by leveraging the purchasing power of group buying and saving our members time by simplifying steps to procure. We make cooperative purchasing as simple as possible, yet our compliant process provides the legally required competition for our contracts. We’ll do the work, you save the time and money.


Glenda Beaulieu
Chief Operating Officer,
Alberta Institute


Nicole Burgess
Executive Director & CEO,
Saskatchewan Institute


Rick Reid
Executive Director,
Manitoba Institute



Kerri Ann Daniels
Operations Manager and
Director of Member Services